Commercial Gill / Trammel Net Permit Transfer Provisions

Effective November 7, 1990, pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 8681.5, a General Gill / Trammel Net Permit may be transferred. Listed below are the conditions which must be met prior to transfer approval.


The permittee must meet either of the following criteria:

  • Provide proof that he/she has landed fish for commercial purposes in 15 of the past 20 years. This may be done by providing copies of fish landing receipts or logbooks, or by a letter of verification from the Department's Marine Fisheries Statistics Unit, 4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite C, Los Alamitos, California 90720 (562) 342-7126, or
  • Submit a current letter from a qualified doctor stating the permittee has become disabled in such a manner that he/she can no longer earn a livelihood from commercial fishing. For permit transfer purposes, a serious illness or permanent disability qualify.

In the case where the permittee has died, his/her heirs or estate must submit a transfer request (accompanied by a copy of the death certificate) within one year of the death of the permittee.


The transferee must hold a current California Commercial Fishing License and provide proof of having met either of the following conditions:

  1. Worked as a crewmember for at least 12 months on vessels using gill nets or trammel nets, and must have worked at least 180 days at sea on those vessels during the five year period prior to the date of application. This may be substantiated by copies of logbooks or a notarized statement by the owner/operator of the vessel(s) on which the experience was acquired. He/she must prove the experience was obtained while holding a valid California Commercial Fishing License, or
  2. Passed a proficiency examination administered by CDFW.

Application Process

The permittee (or his/her heirs) must submit a letter identifying the type of permit being transferred with the name, commercial fishing license identification number and address of the proposed recipient. The following items must be included with the letter:

  1. permittee's original current General Gill / Trammel Net Permit,
  2. proof of the permittee's eligibility to transfer the permit (as described above),
  3. a copy of the proposed recipient's current California commercial fishing license
  4. proof of the proposed recipient's eligibility to receive the permit (as previously described), including verification of his/her commercial fishing licenses corresponding to the years in which crewmember experience was obtained, and
  5. payment of $100 transfer fee.

Mail these items to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
License and Revenue Branch
1740 N. Market Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95834

Evaluation of the transfer request should be completed within 20 business days after receipt by the License and Revenue Branch provided additional documentation is not required. If approved, a letter authorizing the transfer will be sent to the permittee and the reissued General Gill Trammel Net Permit will be mailed to the transferee to complete the transfer process. If disapproved, CDFW will notify the permittee, explaining the reason for denial. The permittee has the right to appeal such denial to the Fish and Game Commission.

Please contact Ms. Debbie Noriega, Commercial Limited Entry Program Analyst at (916) 928-5817, or, if you have any further questions or require additional assistance.